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Grants & Bursaries

Grants and bursaries are available for students who need financial assistance. Below are some of the organisations which hand out bursaries. Contact details (and, in some cases, application forms) are available on their websites.

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Universal Music UK Sound Foundation

Universal Music UK Sound Foundation is an independent music education charity, established in 1997 to celebrate the centenary of EMI Records and now generously supported by Universal Music. The Foundation’s aim is to improve access to music education in the UK & Ireland.
 Universal Music UK Sound Foundation

The Grinstead Fund 

The Dorothy Grinstead Memorial Fund (now called "The Grinstead Fund") was set up to help young musicians on their way. It exists to make grants for this sort of expense. You must have some sort of connection with Croydon through education, work, family or training to qualify.
 The Grinstead Fund on Facebook

Contact: Mrs Joy Lawrence BA, The Grinstead Fund, 56 Kendall Avenue South, South Croydon, CR2 0QQ - Tel 020 8660 1783

Hattori Foundation

The Hattori Foundation was established as an Educational Trust by the Hattori family. The aim of the Foundation is to encourage and assist exceptionally talented young instrumental soloists or chamber ensembles who are British Nationals or resident in the UK and whose talent and achievements give promise of an international career. Funding is given towards travelling expenses to attend national or international competitions, master classes within the UK or abroad and specific assistance in the case of hardship. There are two awards available: Junior (ages 15-20) or Senior (ages 21-27).
 Hattori Foundation

Help Musicians UK

Help Musicians is a charity that loves music and for over 100 years has been working hard to make a meaningful difference to the lives of musicians across the UK. It offers a broad range of help to support music creators in times of crisis and opportunity - ensuring musicians across the UK can achieve their creative potential and sustain a career in music.
 Help Musicians UK

The Loan Fund for Musical Instruments

The Loan Fund offers two schemes: loans and grants. The Loan Scheme is for professional players under the age of 36 who can show that they have sufficient income to be able to repay the Loan. The Grant Scheme is designed to help students and young professional musicians from the beginning of their third year of full-time study until two years after the completion of their full-time course.
 The Loan Fund for Musical Instruments

Wingate Scholarships

Wingate Scholarships are awarded to outstandingly talented musicians for advanced training. They are designed to help with the costs of a specific project which may last up to 3 years. The average total award is about £6,500 and the maximum in any one year is £10,000.
 Wingate Scholarships

Worshipful Company of Musicians

The Musicians' Company encourages and promotes musical performance and education to the highest professional standards and particularly supports young musicians. Through its administration of charitable funds, the Worshipful Company focuses on helping young musicians at the start of their careers, through the provision of prizes and scholarships, performance opportunities and medals that recognise excellence and achievement.
 Worshipful Company of Musicians